As you know, I've been banging on about this for years but the period of disruption was the Trojan Horse which could facilitate the initial temporary concession that we could, hopefully turn permanent.
My theory as to why Sainsburys car park is rarely full is because Forest Hill as a shopping town is running at well below its potential - both in terms of the quality of our offering and, as a result, footfall.
So why is it not at its full potential?
Because a lot of serious businesses don't give us a second glance.
And why's that?
BECAUSE THE PERCEPTION IS THAT WE'VE GOT NO POXY PARKING!!!!!!!!!!
These business people don't know about Sainsburys car park.
Many locals don't even know about it!
Please trust me - I've dealt with many sound business people who've turned away from this town because of the perceived parking problem; and I can assure you that if they could have been persuaded that our ample parking resources at Sainsburys and Perry Vale are available and well promoted throughout the town we would have a more-varied and interesting offering than we do now.
1.5 minutes walk from the entrance at Perry Vale car park to W.H.Smiths.